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The Spring Range at Majestic

by Tom Cannavan, 03/13

A selection of wines that are currently on special offer at Majestic, through until 29th April 2013. Please note that promotional prices listed below are generally available if buying two bottles in English stores and online, but are available to Scottish customers of Majestic on single bottles. A six bottle minimum purchase applies in all stores and online.

white wines

Vega de La Reina, Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Spain
From Rueda, this is vibrantly gooseberry and elderflower bright, with a really vivacious punch. On the palate it has that ripe, juicy passionfruit appeal, but I also like the crispness, tang and dryness of the finish. 87/100. £6.49 down from £8.99

Contesa, Pecorino Colline Pescaresi 2012, Italy
This Pecorino from central Italy is 30% oak fermented. It has an appealing, fresh pear and fat lemon zest nose. Lots of punchy, vibrant character here too. The palate has a deliciously focused acidity and freshness, but the layering of fruit keeps it juicy and full of flavour. Very stylish aperitif, but how about having this with goat's cheese instead of a Sauvignon? 87/100. £7.99 down from £9.99

Jordan, Chardonnay 2011, South Africa
From Gary Jordan in Stellenbosch, this is fermented in Burgundian oak barriques, around 50% of which are new, with a small proportion fermented in steel. It has a big, nutty, toasty nose, with an open, vegetal appeal: a touch of Burgundian buttered cabbage maybe? In the mouth, delicious, sweet and full fruit, with a nutty Cox's Pippin savouriness bolstered by the oak and then a shimmering core of acidity. Delightful stuff of great quality. 89/100. £11.99 down from £14.99

red wines

Finca Los Altos, Valdepeñas Gran Reserva 2005, Spain
This is one of those slightly old fashioned but still extremely drinkable Rioja lookalikes that usually represent good value. Eighteen months maturation in French and American oak barrels gives loads of coconutty, vanilla gloss and spice over tight, black Tempranillo fruit. Pretty dry on the palate (arguably drying out slightly) but do not be put off: there is sweetness of fruit here and lots of low cost pleasure to be had. If you like the style: bargain alert. 87/100. £5.99 down from £7.99.

La Casetta, Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010, Italy
A typical blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, this is immediately racy and sheer, with blue/black and kirsch-like fruit, a touch of chocolate and spice, but also a floral-edged lift. Very appealing. On the palate a flood of chocolate-coated, ripe black berry fruit, such presence with only medium body, but tight, focused and riven with energy. 90/100. £12.99 down from £15.99.

Château Saint Georges, St-Georges-St-Emilion 2007, France
From a St-Emilion satellite village, this blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc spends 18 months in barrel, 50% new. Lovely coffeeish depth here, with an earthiness too and deliciously sweet and ripe fruit at its core. The palate balances the savoury, meaty character of the wine with fresh spine of acid and tannin, but it is chunkily honest and really quite long too. Delicious now, but should cellar for a few years. 89/100. £12.99 down from £17.99.